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All reviews shoe shine central square great place to people watch street performers heart of the city surrounded by restaurants vendors selling oaxacan life walk around balloons protest plaza activity bandstand cathedral mexico parade
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Reviewed March 2, 2018 via mobile

As is the case with most historic Mexican towns, the Zocalo is the central square that tends to be the gathering place of the poorest. This Zocalo is generally quite pretty with a beautiful but beat up 19th century band shell, large trees but no grass. On a Sunday, it’s packed with people and cheap street vendors. The perimeter is lined with outdoor restaurants under the covered sidewalks. There is an important church at the southwest corner and at the north, there’s the Alcalá with the main cathedral, another important building.

You’re best to go before 10 in the morning before the crowds arrive. This is an important site to see but the further north you go along the pedestrian zone, the nicer the city becomes. If this is all you see of the historic city, you won’t really have a true sense of how beautiful Oaxaca is.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed March 2, 2018

All Mexican cities have a central square, and Oaxaca's Zocalo is no exception. It's a huge square/park located next to the cathedral, the governor's place and shops and restaurants. It appears that local school teachers, who are perpetually protesting their plight, are permanently encamped in the Zocalo.

Vendors abound, selling everything from blankets and rugs to bracelets, wooden spoons and other Oaxacan items. There seem to be more vendors selling more goods than there are people to buy them. Our sense was that the quality of many of the items is not very good, unless you're just looking for a souvenir of your trip.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank HowdyDoody4
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Reviewed February 25, 2018

The Zocolo never looks like this picture. It is full of people, some touring, some playing music, some selling things, many restaurants and some great places to sit and watch the "show".

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Pukabill69
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Reviewed February 22, 2018

Beautiful cathedral, Lady of the assumption, located in the heart of Oaxaca, in the centers Zocalo. Our tour group of about 30 did a walking tour through the city's downtown area, most of it, in an all pedestrian area, we were there on a Sunday, the whole town was there. What a party, Vendors, children, families, huge crowds of people having a great time, they were also watching movies in the square, this was during the day, and the cathedral is right in the middle of it.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank jefferyp2017
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Reviewed February 21, 2018 via mobile

The Zocalo is the heart of Oaxaca. It is a joy just to walk around here. There are always wandering musicians, food and drink for sale, and often people dancing. It is full of life. It’s also fun to eat in one of the cafes or restaurants and simply watch what is going on.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Barbara M
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